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The role of Christianity in mending societal fragility and quelling violence in Liberia

Eric Gbotoe, Selaelo T. Kgatla
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 38, No 1 | a1651 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v38i1.1651 | © 2017 Eric Gbotoe, Selaelo T. Kgatla | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 01 June 2016 | Published: 26 May 2017

About the author(s)

Eric Gbotoe, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Selaelo T. Kgatla, Department of Science of Religion and Missiology, University of Pretoria, South Africa


This article has benefited from the research entitled ‘The role of Christianity in post-war Liberia’. It is a study that attempts to examine and investigate how Christian faith and spirituality can play a role in a campaign for social peace, justice, development and unity. This article describes and evaluates a cross section of strategies and policies which theologians can employ to develop and sustain peace and foster reconstruction plans among perpetrators and victims of a brutal civil war. It attempts to answer the following question: what role can Christianity play to effectively lessen the animosity that engendered the years of hostilities in Liberia and facilitate the healing of wounds?

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This article sets forth a debate about the role Christianity ought to play in societal conflict. Christian religion is a prophetic religion by nature and it should serve as a source of peace, reconciliation and healing for human relationships. Examples of what the role of authentic church could be are cited from a Liberian context. It is further argued that all sectors of society, women, men and children may be agents of peace and unity. The article concludes by setting parameters for sustainable peace in Liberia.


peace; war; Christianity; fragility


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